Sep 26, 2017

UltraShape Treatment Review: Fat Reduction Procedure

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UltraShape by Syneron Procedure Review
(Editor's note: This review is for original UltraShape device, not UltraShape Power.)
  • 4.9/10 Overall
  • Marketing Claims


  • Peer Reviewed Literature


  • Consistency of Results


  • Comfort Level


  • Overall Satisfaction


Editorial Review


  • Least painful of non-invasive fat reduction devices due to being based on non-thermal (non-heat) ultrasound.
  • Quick. versatile, good patient acceptance, fast, less operator fatigue.
  • Cons:

  • Visual results may require three treatments for each area treated.
  • Procedure requires 45 minutes of PA, NP or MD time so may be more costly.
  • Not as effective as other similar treatments (with older device).
  • Totally unpredictable results which are modest at best.
  • Things You Should Know:

  • Should commit to a series of treatments for best results.
  • Multiple treatments are necessary. It is not liposuction.
  • Most Common Use Cases:

  • For patients with areas of fat that cannot be reduced with weight loss and exercise.
  • Heavier patients have the most measurable results, but those are also the least visible.
  • Physician Testimonials

    “We offer CoolSculpting, SculpSure, Vanquish and Ultrashape, and we offer Ultrashape to patients that are pain sensitive. Best for thighs and appears to help a bit with cellulite.” – Dr. Robert A. Weiss, MD 

    Additional Information

    Procedure Description (provided by manufacturer):

    UltraShape is a FDA-cleared, non-invasive body-shaping procedure using focused, pulsed ultrasound energy to selectively destroy fat cells. The procedure is nonsurgical, which means no incisions, no anesthetics and no recovery time. UltraShape’s ultrasound energy destroys the walls of treated fat cells in the body and releases that fat in the form of triglycerides. Those triglycerides are then processed through the liver and eliminated from the body naturally. Meanwhile, the surrounding tissue, nerves and muscles are left unharmed. Typically, the UltraShape procedure involves a series of three treatments spaced two weeks apart.

    Typical Clinical Applications:

    UltraShape is FDA-cleared for selective, non-invasive fat destruction in the abdominal region.

    Best Patient Candidates:

    UltraShape is ideal for people with stubborn fat or genetically acquired problem areas. UltraShape is not recommended for major weight loss.

    Other Patients Considerations:

    For best results, maintaining a healthy lifestyle with diet and exercise is recommended.

    UltraShape US Procedure Cost & Price Range:

    Varies by area treated

    Average Number of Treatments Needed:

    1 to 3.

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